Newtonian Bethan Lee, is hosting a Charity Quiz Night to support a project that tackles poverty in South Africa, where she will be volunteering for 3 months. Bethan, (18), will travel to Durban in September with international development organisation Tearfund, as part of the UK Government funded International Citizen Service (ICS) programme. She will work in partnership with South African volunteers to help lift some of the world’s poorest communities out of poverty. Before she leaves she must raise £800 for Tearfund. The charity Quiz Nigh is  at the RAFA Club Newton Aycliffe. on the 19th August, tickets are £5 inc. Pie & Peas, (vegetarian options available). There will also be a Raffle and Tombola (RSVP Karen Lee on 07709 915839).

The money raised will help communities in developing countries continue to benefit from the work of volunteers, so it’s vital she reaches her target. Bethan has been selling items at car boot sales to raise money and any donations would be appreciated. Bethans said: “The project I’m working on aims to improve access to healthcare, educating people about HIV and AIDS and working with children’s education. I’ll be working closely alongside South African volunteers, so it’s a great opportunity to experience another culture and make a difference at the same time. I’m really excited to get out there and start making a real difference.” ICS allows young people aged 18-25 to make a valuable contribution to sustainable development projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. On return to the UK, ICS volunteers undertake an ‘Action at Home’ project, ensuring their new skills also benefit their local communities. Over 10,000 young people from the UK have taken part in the scheme in the last three years. To sponsor Bethan Lee, please visit: